Barnsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“... a bad night of it...”
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Early on June 27, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps began marching through town. It had camped near Barnesville less than a year before on September 13, 1862, on its way to Antietam. After two days of soldiers tramping by, the townspeople thought they were finally rid of soldiers. But on Sunday, June 28, 1863, Gen. John Sedgwick’s VI Corps came through, having crossed the Potomac in the early morning.
(sidebar)While marching, many VI Corps soldiers hear church bells ringing. Some attended services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were gratified to hear prayers for President Abraham Lincoln and peace. After eight months in Virginia, the men enjoyed the smiling faces and warm greetings. The congregation had an old and distinguished
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 13.268′ N, 77° 22.856′ W. Marker is in Barnsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Barnesvile Road and W Harris Road, on the left when traveling west on Barnesvile Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the St. Mary’s Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville MD 20838, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Barnesville (here, next to this marker); Barnesvile Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sugarloaf Mountain (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sugar Loaf Mountain (approx. 2.2 miles away); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. Mt. Ephraim Crossroads (approx. 2½ miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnsville.
More about this marker. The main portion of the marker has portraits of Gens. Reynolds and Hancock, as well as a drawing of wagons on the march. The sidebar contains a picture of the pre-1900 church, as was used by the soldiers.
Also see . . .
1. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock. (Submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Gen. John Reynolds. (Submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,764 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.